Sony Serves Up the Blu-ray Carnage with 'Hostel' Double-Header

Posted Mon Jul 30, 2007 at 08:00 AM PDT by
Hostel: Part II

Welcome to the grindhouse: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced it will bring unrated versions of 'Hostel' and 'Hostel: Part II' to Blu-ray this October.

Just in time for Halloween, the controversial gore epics will make their Blu-ray debut on October 23, each including material even more shocking than its original theatrical versions.

Though 'Hostel II' failed to scare up the $50 million-plus domestic gross of its predecessor -- leading many to now suggest that the box office appeal of so-called "torture porn" is on the wane -- Sony is certainly pulling out all the stops in bringing the two films to high-def.

Oozing with extras, both 'Hostel' and 'Hostel: Part II' will include no fewer than three audio commentaries apiece, plus multiple making-of featurettes, deleted scenes, and more.

The first 'Hostel' will also feature the film's original ending, which was only seen during the film's original test screenings and is now much sought-after by die-hard 'Hostel' fans, and which director Eli Roth had this tantalizing tidbit to say at last week's ComiCon in San Diego:

"When you watch the director's cut ending -- this is the ending that could actually support a completely different sequel. We showed it to audiences and people just left the theatre genuinely upset and so we always said that we wanted people to be disturbed, but not, you know, ruined."

Additional tech specs include 1080p transfers and uncompressed PCM 5.1 surround tracks (48kHz/16-bit/6.9mpbs) on both discs.

Sony has set a suggested list price of $28.95 apiece for 'Hostel' and 'Hostel: Part II.' The studio has not yet indicated whether any sort of two-pack or box set collection of both titles will be made available.

We've added the latest specs for 'Hostel' and 'Hostel: Part II' to our Blu-ray Release Schedule, under October 23.

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Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Hostel (Director's Cut) (Blu-ray)
Hostel: Part II (Blu-ray)
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